The Amherst Regional High School African Scholars Program will hold a bookfair on Friday, December 5, from 3 to 9 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble store in Hadley.
The event is a fundraiser for the group’s exchange program with schools in West Africa. Proceeds will go to the program’s scholarship fund, which assists students whose families cannot afford the full cost of the exchange trip.
The fair will include a series of Africa-related events throughout the afternoon and evening:
Friendship bracelet workshop
Free ataya (strong, sweet hot tea)
Africa-themed books to browse
4:30 p.m. and 6:30p.m.:
African Jeopardy game
Up to 20% of all sales at Barnes & Noble that day will be donated to the African Scholars Program if patrons identify themselves as bookfair participants. Online purchases may also be credited to the African Scholars Program at www.barnesandnoble.com/ using the bookfair ID 11465887 at checkout.
The African Scholars Program hosted a group of students and teachers from a school in Dakar, Senegal, in April. Fourteen Amherst Regional students were preparing preparing for a return visit in February 2015, but the trip was postponed for a year due to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. The group will also travel to The Gambia, where they will stay in a rural village. The 2016 journey will be the program’s second exchange trip to West Africa.